Photo: QMJHL forward Anthony Mantha took his game to the international stage in December, where he managed 10 points in four preliminary round games at the 2014 World Junior Championships. Mantha was selected 20th overall by the Detroit Red Wings in the 2013 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Jeanine Leech/Icon SMI)
Forward Anthony Mantha (DET) is the Hockey's Future Prospect of the Month for December. An offensively prolific player since the start of the 2013-14 season, Mantha took his game to another level in December, with 14 points in five QMJHL games and 10 points through the preliminary round of the 2014 World Junior Championship.
Photo: Tomas Jurco, playing in his second professional season, earned his first call-up to the NHL on December 15th (courtesy of Tony Ding/Icon SMI)
The drive from Grand Rapids to Detroit is rather unremarkable. Flat land and clusters of trees pockmark the edge of the highway.
Photo: Saginaw Spirit goaltender and Detroit Red Wings prospect Jake Paterson received the starting nod for Team Canada in the opening game of the 2014 WJC (courtesy of Rick Madonik/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
Canada entered the 2014 World Junior Championship with a bit of a cloud hanging over the goaltending position. Recent WJC's have produced a mixed bag of goaltending performances for that country, a failing that has been pointed to as a main reason for Canada's relative lack of recent success at a tournament that they have dominated more often than not over the years.
Photo: Val d’Or Foreurs forward and Detroit Red Wings prospect Anthony Mantha was the scoring hero for Canada on Day 1 of the 2014 World Junior Championship (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
Canada opened the 2014 World Junior Championship with an offensive display, posting a 7-2 victory over Germany. 12 different Canadian players made the scoresheet in this game, the most prominent being forward Anthony Mantha, who potted a hat trick in the win.
Photo: Texas Stars forward and Dallas Stars prospect Colton Sceviour’s strong start to the 2013-14 season earned him a December call-up to the NHL’s Stars (courtesy of John Rivera/Icon SMI)
Injuries and call-ups are starting to take a toll on some teams in the American Hockey League (AHL), but out west several first- and second-year players are filling the void and goal scoring is coming from everywhere.